FORMER champion jockey Shane Ellis rode a triple at Caymanas Park yesterday among them Jaylen, who won the $570,000 Cecil C Charlton Trophy claiming feature by 2 1/2 lengths.
His other winners were for trainer Anthony Nunes. Selectabook, a debutante two-year-old bay filly, who won the opening race on the programme, and Electrifying in the third.
Winchester, a 6-1 bet ridden by Everton Miller, who looked threatening running along the rails after turning for home, was second. Mom’s Secret, under Shameree Muir also came running on in the latter stages to be third as an 8-1 choice a short head away with the early leader Emergence, ridden by claiming apprentice Kuri Powell, completing the frame at odds of 5-1 in the field of 10.
Jaylen, trained by Ryan Darby for owner Raphael Gordon and neglected in the betting at odds of 10-1 came storming through leaving the 50-metre pole to win the 1300 metres run in a time of 1:19.3 minutes.
The win made amends for an earlier disappointing run over 1,100 metres two weeks ago.
Trainer Darby was happy with the turn of events. “We got him as a winner and had expected more from him as he was a little disappointing. Nonetheless, we went back to the drawing board and did some work. After this we thought that he will run much better this time around. And for a successful transition of this we went for one the most seasoned riders in Shane Ellis and he was able to translate the preparation into a very good win today.”
Ellis said that he went into the race on a winner after looking at the overnight programme. So all I had to do was to keep him focused and the victory would not have been far away.”
Meanwhile, Derby and St Leger winner Typewriter, the 1-2 favourite, suffered his first defeat in his Superstakes prep event going under to the American-bred filly Noon It Is in an Open Allowance run going 1,300 metres.
Ridden by Ellis, Typewriter was hustled up to bring them into the lane but after settling for the drive Noon It Is, ridden by Omar Walker, went past the Derby winner with a flash to win by 2 1/2 lengths. The time was 1:18.1 minutes.